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The objectives of this study were to determine the microbial ecology of “blown-pack” fresh beef obtained from a federally inspected facility and to use biopreservation to prevent spoilage of vacuum packaged chilled beef. Organic acids and alcohols in the purge obtained from the “blown” beef...
“Blown-pack” spoilage of beef by psychrotrophic Clostridium spp. occurs sporadically and resistance of the endospores to most interventions makes them very difficult to control. Current interventions used to control spoilage and pathogenic bacteria, such as acid washes and heat treatments, do...